News from FABBS

BBCSS Thanks and Celebrates Susan Fiske for her Service as Chair and Welcomes Terrie Moffitt and Five New Members

January 6, 2021

Susan Fiske, PhD

Susan Fiske chaired her last meeting of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Services (BBCSS) in November 2020. Dr. Fiske, who had served as the president of FABBS and continues to be the editor of the FABBS journal – Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, had dedicated eleven years of service to the Board, including six years of exceptional leadership as chair. Dr. Fiske was celebrated by the board in a virtual celebration of

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NSF Releases Two Important Comment Opportunities, NSB and SBE Advisory Committee Meet

December 16, 2020


The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released a Dear Colleague Letter on Interdisciplinary Frontiers of Understanding the Brain. The Request for Information (RFI) invites responses to the two prompts below. Responses to this RFI will inform future NSF investments that address the opportunities identified. Responses are due on March 31, 2021.

Describe the interdisciplinary frontier to be explored. Describe the perspectives and interactions

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President Trump Appoints Eight Members to NBES

December 15, 2020

After years of inaction, and one month before his term expires, Donald Trump appointed eight members to the National Board of Education Sciences. NBES provides guidance to the director of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. The appointees appear to have no experience in education research.

NBES, a 15-member presidentially appointed board, has been without a quorum since the end of the Obama administration,

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NIH Taking Steps to Build a Better System for BESH Registration and Reporting

December 15, 2020

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the unit at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that oversees the database, hosted a webinar on December 7th to update the research community. NLM staff have conducted an analysis of the challenges of registration and results reporting of Basic Experimental Studies with Humans (BESH) in

William Riley, Director of NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), opened

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